Western Monarchs Are Having a Boom Year  — Natural History Wanderings

BayNature reports On January 25, the Xerces Society reported a final monarch count of 247,237, a more than 100-fold increase over 2020 and the largest number since 2016. Read story at  Western Monarchs Are Having a Boom Year – Bay Nature

Western Monarchs Are Having a Boom Year  — Natural History Wanderings

Satara Summer 2021 – Common Mother-of-Pearl Butterfly — de Wets Wild

This wonderful present came my way while I was taking a walk through Satara Rest Camp on Christmas Day last year when we were visiting the Kruger National Park for our summer holiday. Looking this butterfly up in my guide book i thought “What a beautiful name for a beautiful butterfly!” Common Mother-of-Pearl Butterfly Common […]

Satara Summer 2021 – Common Mother-of-Pearl Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Blue Pansy Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Junonia oenone The outer (under) side of the Blue Pansy’s wings blends in so beautifully with its surroundings that when this butterfly opens its wings and flashes the bright blue, red and white markings on a black background on the inside (topside) of its 5cm wingspan, it often comes as quite a surprise, especially if […]

Blue Pansy Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Pismo Beach monarch grove sees butterfly count increase  — Natural History Wanderings

San Luis Obispo Tribune reports Thousands of western monarch butterflies have returned to a Pismo Beach, California, grove to overwinter. The monarch population this year is larger than the last two years combined “We expect the numbers are going to keep going up,” a biologist said. Read story and see video at  Pismo Beach monarch grove […]

Pismo Beach monarch grove sees butterfly count increase  — Natural History Wanderings

Novice Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Amauris ochlea The Novice is a foul-tasting butterfly that flies slowly and settles often on flowers and wilting plants. It inhabits forests and dense woodlands and the edges of these. Adults have a wingspan of 7cm and are on the wing throughout the year. In South Africa it is common along the Kwazulu-Natal coast and […]

Novice Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Poem 26 Hope for the Forests of Hope. — NavasolaNature

Hope for the Future, Forests of Hope.BirdLife International joins 20 leading conservation groups – the ‘WC20’ ahead of this weekend’s G20 Leaders’ Summit to warn that COVID-19 highlights need for urgent action – and urge that investing in nature costs a fraction of pandemic response, while driving green jobs and tackling climate change. Bird Life […]

Poem 26 Hope for the Forests of Hope. — NavasolaNature

The Flying Handkerchief / Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly, South Africa — de Wets Wild

Papilio dardanus Not only is the Mocker Swallowtail one of the biggest and most beautiful butterflies to be found in South Africa, but it can also be one of the most confusing! The males, also known as Flying Handkerchiefs, boast extravagantly shaped wings with striking black and cream-white markings, while the females are excellent at […]

The Flying Handkerchief / Mocker Swallowtail Butterfly — de Wets Wild

World Wildlife Day 2021, South Africa — de Wets Wild

What better excuse to take another look at the 83 species of South African wildlife that we featured here at de Wets Wild in the past year than World Wildlife Day? Beautiful African Leopard (Phalanta-butterfly) Village Weaver (male) Single-striped Grass Mouse Violet-backed Starling Rainbow Skink (male) Gaudy Commodore (dry season form) Brown Snake Eagle Common […]

World Wildlife Day 2021 — de Wets Wild

Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction as the Wait Continues for Monarchs’ Protection Under the Endangered Species Act  — Natural History Wanderings

Xerces Society News Release During the 24th Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, nearly 100 volunteers donned their masks and practiced social distancing to carefully survey groves of trees on the California and Northern Baja coast for monarch butterflies. Despite the challenges of conducting field work during a pandemic, volunteers surveyed 246 sites, three more sites than […]

Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction as the Wait Continues for Monarchs’ Protection Under the Endangered Species Act  — Natural History Wanderings

Summertide Butterfly Rambles 20 January 2021 — de Wets Wild

The trail to the kuMfazana Hide here on the eastern shores of Lake St. Lucia, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, passes through a stretch of swamp forest that is positively bursting with butterflies, like this Novice (Amauris ochlea). Novice (Amauris ochlea) Novice (Amauris ochlea)

Summertide Rambles 20 January 2021 — de Wets Wild